Access courses lead to HE success

29 Nov 2016

At BCoT we offer a range of Access courses which are designed for people who do not have the qualifications to enter a university level course but who do have the life experience and a willingness to learn.  They are a nationally recognised qualification and are suited to mature students as an alternative to A levels. Two former Access students explain why they chose to study at BCoT, and talk about their journey since leaving. Pippa Howells – Access to Nursing and Healthcare It was whilst wo…

Glittering ceremony of success

29 Nov 2016

Another group of BCoT students has graduated from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. In a glittering ceremony recently, held at Beechdown Health and Fitness Club in Basingstoke, to celebrate the achievements of Hospitality, Catering and Health and Social Care students who took part in the scheme. The government-led initiative is designed to help young people between 15-17 years old build skills for life and work, whilst taking on new challenges and making friends. Split into eight …

A taste of professional football for students

29 Nov 2016

Students from BCoT’s Crystal Palace FC Foundation academy recently attended a tournament at the CPFC training ground to get a taste of what professional football is all about.   During the tournament, students were able to gain an exclusive insight into the backroom scenes of a major football club, as well as take part in an 8 team competition in front of CPFC scouting and recruitment staff.  Running teams at the event were ex Palace players Rob Quinn, Bobby Bowry and Eddie McGoldrick who work…

Powerlifting success for Sports student

23 Nov 2016

A Sports student from BCoT has come third in his age and class at a National competition. Edwin Lord, who is studying Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science at BCoT, has only been powerlifting for eight months. Before this, he was lifting free weight for three years. “I initially started with weights as I wanted to get stronger and build up resilience for playing rugby. I’d had enough of being bashed about! I then decided to look for a new challenge and took up powerlifting. I realised I was good a…

Fashion Show raises £££s for charity

22 Nov 2016

The talents and creativity of BCoT staff and students were on display at a charity Fashion Show held at Sue Ryder Hospice Care store.  The event was a collaborative effort between Sue Ryder Manager Jo Anderson and BCoT’s work experience coordinators Jane Taylor and Gina Oliver. Students and staff became models for the night, showcasing the shop’s latest party wear for the coming Christmas season.  Jo has worked closely with the College over the last two years providing invaluable work experien…

BCoT celebrates Inter Faith week

21 Nov 2016

To celebrate Inter Faith Week, The Restaurant at BCoT was delighted to host a dinner for Basingstoke faith leaders.  Now in its eighth year, Inter Faith Week is a national opportunity to celebrate the good work done by the UK’s many faith-based groups and to celebrate their diversity and commonalities.  The aim of the week is to promote good inter faith relations across communities and encourage a greater understanding between those with religious and non-religious beliefs.  In Basingstoke, In…

Hampshire women look at trading careers

18 Nov 2016

BCoT was pleased to host a 'have a go' day recently in partnership with Sovereign Housing Association. The day was very well received and we are pleased to include Sovereign's report below: Women in Hampshire have been trying their hand at plumbing, bricklaying and carpentry as part of a free trades taster day. The day, run by Sovereign Housing Association and BCoT (Basingstoke College of Technology), was designed to help the women decide if a career in trades might be for them. The women, i…

Students attend Crisis Management Workshop

09 Nov 2016

Public Services students recently took part in a fast-paced crisis management scenario at a workshop held by the Ministry of Defence. BCoT students were given the task of building an action plan to manage an international crisis, which imagined residents of the UK trapped and unable to leave the country. Split into groups, the students took on various roles from the Prime Minister to Home Secretary as they formulated a plan ready for a final ministerial press conference. The groups then present…

Career success for Engineering student

08 Nov 2016

Amy Valles is in her second year of an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering at Middlesex Aerospace. She attends BCoT once a week to study the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering alongside her NVQ Level 3 in the workplace. Both her father and grandfather were engineers and they were her inspiration in choosing a career in Engineering. After finishing school, Amy decided to study a full time Engineering course at BCoT and this involved participating in two weeks wor…

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